Volume 2, Part 1: Extant Commissioned Ships

HMCS Iroquois

HMCS Iroquois Badge

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BADGE

Description

Or the head of an Iroquois brave couped at the base of the neck properly coloured and wearing two eagle feathers in his hair and a ring or pendant from the ear.

Significance

In 1942, the ship adopted an unofficial badge in the shape of a shield which bore the head of an Iroquois brave, with his cox-comb hair-style, ring in ear, and war paint. It was taken from a painting by the late C.W. Jeffries and, contrary to usual heraldic practice, faced the viewer's right. The design was retained in the official badge approved after the war, though with the head facing to dexter, the heraldic norm.

MOTTO

RELENTLESS IN CHASE

COLOURS

Gold and Black

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

ATLANTIC, 1943; ARCTIC, 1943-45; BISCAY, 1943-44; NORWAY, 1945.

United Nations Operation-Korea-1950-1953

KOREA, 1952-53.

LINEAGE

First of Name

Destroyer, Tribal Class.
Commissioned 30 November 1942.1
Paid off 22 February 1946.2
Recommissioned 27 May 1946.3
Paid off 30 September 1949.4
Recommissioned 21 October 1951.5
Paid off 19 November 1957.6
Recommissioned 17 October 1958.7
Paid off 24 October 1962.8

Second of Name

Destroyer, Iroquois Class.
Commissioned 29 July 1972.9

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

Iroquois served on offensive and convoy escort duties in the Bay of Biscay, the English Channel and off the French, Norwegian and North Russian coasts with the '3rd Destroyer Flotilla' and 'Plymouth Command' of the 'British Home Fleet'.10

United Nations Operation-Korea-1950-1953

Iroquois served two tours on offensive and escort duties in Korean waters.11


1. Movement Log, HMCS Iroquois, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Iroquois

2. Daily States, 27 February 1946, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520/1650 DS vol.44

3. Daily states, 29 May 1946, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520/1650 DS vol.44

4. RCN Half Yearly States, July 1949 (corrected to 30 September 1949), Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520/1650 DS vol.45

5. Report of Proceedings, 21-31 October 1951, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Iroquois

6. Report of Proceedings, November 1957, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Iroquois

7. Signal, Iroquois to CANAVHED, 171542Z October 1958, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Iroquois

8. Signal, Iroquois to CANAVHED, 241800z October 1962, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Iroquois

9. Commissioning booklet/Livret demise en service,HMCS/NCSM Iroqouis, 29 July 1972, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Iroquois

10. Signal,RA (D) to Iroquois, 201958 May 1943, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/520, 8000 HMCS Iroquois; SMC/FDN,HMCS Iroquois, August 1944; NHS/SHM, "A Brief History of HMCS Iroquois", 30 June 1955, Document Collection/collection de documents 81/GOLFE DE GASCOGNE 520, 8000 HMCS Iroquois

11. Thor Thorgrimson and E.C. Russell, Canadian Naval Operations in Korean Waters 1950-55 (Ottawa, 1965), p.153

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